Report No. 41, 55th Parliament – 2017-18 Budget Estimates

Estimates 2017

The estimates process aids the Parliament in its scrutiny of the Government’s proposed expenditure. Since 1994, committees of the Parliament have undertaken the estimates process, by examining and reporting on the proposed expenditures contained in the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill.

In 2017, the examination of the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill will be considered by the seven portfolio committees.

During the estimates process each portfolio committee will hold a public hearing (on a day between 18 and 27 July 2017) at which the Speaker and Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) are questioned regarding the portfolio’s proposed expenditures for the relevant portfolio areas. Other Members of the Legislative Assembly who are not members of the committee may also ask questions, with the leave of the committee.

At its public hearing on 26 July 2017, the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee will question the following Ministers about the proposed expenditure for their portfolio areas:

  • the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
  • the Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and
  • the Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

Following the committee’s hearing, the committee members meet, discuss the information gained and compile a final report for tabling in Parliament. The reports are then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bills.


Hearing program – 26 July 2017

Hearing transcript

Hearing broadcast – The broadcast is available by clicking on the movie icon within the transcript (the icon is at the start of each session).


The committee tabled Report No. 41, 55th Parliament - 2017-18 Budget Estimates on 4 August 2017, together with the Volume of Additional Information.

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